1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history-and the future: Sybil Gerard-a fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward ""Leviathan"" Mallory-explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant-diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for&. Part detective story, part historical thriller,The Difference Engineis the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson's and Sterling's unique visions-and the beginning of movement we know today as ""steampunk!""
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July 25, 2011
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